Summary: I set this up and could see perfectly with the internal network. However, the external service was not good. I never could get it to work. I called everyone but they all pointed at each other. They mostly blamed my IP service for not allowing me to get a free channel out. Then they blamed my hardware. I got a new router, wireless modem, operating system, computer and still could not see it on the web. Useless.
Summary: Honestly the camera does work really well. Rather impressed actually. I have owned this for at least 6 months and haven't had a problem yet. The only issue was initial setup since you can't use a secure wireless network unless you downgrade the software. I tried and tried and tried with the most updated software until looking at the Linksys website and finding multiple postings regarding this issue.
Summary: If you're problem free person and miss some problems, buy it. Video quality acceptable. Installing easy and quick. Making it work= p[roblems, problems, problems. I agree with other critic reviews.
Summary: Where to begin? Well, the camera works, but thats about all I can say positively. Let's start with the hardware. The unit is a nice design with no external antenna, but is a little on the big side. It has some flexible mounting options, though the backside mount has positioning limitations because of the power and network connections. The camera is pretty basic in capabilities.
Summary: The WVC54GCA has many significant problems with its firmware that Cisco seems to be unwilling to fix. I say "unwilling" because they have not updated the firmware in over a year. I say "significant problems" because there are bugs that are obvious and interfere with the normal operation of the camera. These include: * DHCP function does not renew its lease. You need to hard code the camera's IP address.
Summary: I've purchased a number of network cameras over the course of several years so I have some experience to pull from when judging the quality of netcams. The linksys netcams are cheap, thats why I buy them. However, as the adage says, "You get what you pay for." Linksys' first netcam, the WVC54GC just stunk. If you viewed the camera via the web for long periods it would lock up.
Summary: The image quality is decent and, once set up, it feeds A/V signals nicely, but I regret purchasing it for two reasons: (1) the setup software is flawed. If you have to enter a 26-key WEP code for your network, sorry, it only recognizes 16 characters due to an obvious software glitch and you have to go into a manual setup procedure -- which I did through customer support once I finally figured out how to reach them! -- to make it function at all.
Summary: It constantly needs to be hard reset every other day. Home monitoring systems are suppose to get accessible at any point without worry. For a little bit more, you might as well get a whole DVR system. When it works, it works great!